What Malaysians MUST Know About TPP

Posted by M ws On Friday, May 17, 2013 0 comments
What is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP)?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold:

(1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate.

(2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.

The eleven nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. The TPP contains a chapter on intellectual property covering copyright, trademarks, patents and perhaps, geographical indications. Since the draft text of the agreement has never been offically released to the public, we know from leaked documents, such as the February 2011 draft US TPP IP Rights Chapter [PDF], that US negotiators are pushing for the adoption of copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

The TPP Will Rewrite Global Rules on Intellectual Property Enforcement

All signatory countries will be required to conform their domestic laws and policies to the provisions of the Agreement. In the US, this is likely to further entrench controversial aspects of US copyright law (such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act [DMCA]) and restrict the ability of Congress to engage in domestic law reform to meet the evolving IP needs of American citizens and the innovative technology sector. The recently leaked US-proposed IP chapter also includes provisions that appear to go beyond current US law.

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Background info - Wikipedia

Why YOU should be concerned AT THIS LINK.

Latest: Countries Must Fix Critical Access to Medicines Flaws in Trans-Pacific Trade Pact

Niles Bowie's article on what Malaysians must do AT THIS LINK.

A Corporate Takeover? at THIS LINK

Access to Medicine Undermined

The Deal That is Anything But FREE

Health of Member Countries at Risk

Fact Sheet

The Scary Big Deal which should not be passed without a fight.

I always believe in presenting an OBJECTIVE view by looking at both sides of the argument lest we become myopic or tunnel-visioned so the following links are viewss from the other side.

Link No. 1 - latest development at Peru, May 15-24, 2013

Link No. 2 - Japan has joined.

Link No. 3 - What our Ministry has to say AT THIS LINK

Link No. 4 - PH not ready

Huffington Post article.

Pray thee tell, what will happen to us in the next few months???

Time to go on bended knees to pray.

May God help and bless us.

Comments please. I seriously hope that readers will voice their responses after reading articles here. We have more critical problems ahead than just post-election issues. Blogging is meant to provide an open platform for discussion, not a one-way channel of communication. Just as I spend time scouting for information and sharing, I hope that you too will spend some time sharing your views or links. My grateful thanks to you. Have a blessed weekend.

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